Texas Public Radio celebrates the season this week with programming to get you into the spirit.
On KPAC 88.3 FM, holiday music will be broadcast throughout the day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Beginning at 9 p.m. on KPAC and KTXI 90.1 FM, James Baker hosts our annual broadcast of Voci di Sorelle's Christmas concert. Recorded live in the chapel of the University of Incarnate Word, the broadcast will be bittersweet; Voci di Sorelle, San Antonio's premier ensemble for women's voices, is calling it a day.
Payday loan companies in Texas are illegally using law enforcement and criminal courts to collect their debts — according to a nonprofit called Texas Appleseed. The group filed a complaint this week with state regulators over the practice.
“No person shall ever be imprisoned for debt,” according to Section 18 of the Texas Bill of Rights in the state constitution. Ann Baddour, Director, Fair Financial Services Project at Texas Appleseed said that’s not what’s happening.
A new exhibition is opening next month in a national gallery that will feature Texas artists. It’s where that national gallery is that makes this story so fascinating. We spoke to San Antonio artist Bill Fitzgibbons to get the story.
“The National Academy of Art is going to be showing the exhibition called ‘Texas!’ And it opens on Jan. 24.”
The Archdiocese of San Antonio is taking a stand against the detention of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. On Thursday, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said that he was troubled by the opening and expansion of detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley.
Garcia-Siller said he was urging the government to ensure protections for those who had come to the U.S. to escape unthinkable situations in their homeland. He took his concerns outside the San Fernando Cathedral.
The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has hired a new executive director and their choice, Diane Rath, will have a lot of work ahead of her.
AACOG has had a rough year. It had its wrist slapped by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. TCEQ accused AACOG of releasing oil and gas pollution data into the community before TCEQ allowed. TCEQ eliminated 25 percent of AACOG's budget shortly thereafter.
Oh my! The tears still flow, tears of joy tinged with sadness, as I prepare for yet another broadcast of "The Carols of Alfred Burt: A Legacy of Love." I first produced this program in 1997, prompted by my good friend Bill Ginn, who had been familiar with the 15 contemporary carols by Alfred Burt for a number of years. Bill had arranged several of these precious carols for both brass and woodwind quintets that I played with. "Tell me more about this music," I asked of Bill.
If you’ve not done with all your holiday shopping, here’s a suggestion that might wrap up your shopping, and give you a fun night out at the same time. Drop by the Mujeres Mercado — that’s ‘Women’s Market’ in Spanish. Here's the Mujeres Mercado co-founder, Christina Martinez.
“We have about close to 200 women in our network right now that are all handmade artisans, traditional healers, performers. And we just create events.”
It’s commerce, food, music, entertainment, all in one place?
UPDATE: This segment was canceled due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.
A new study find that Texas may be looking at losing $20 billion worth of its best real estate. Former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, argued in a recent op-ed that the future will be bleak for Texas' economy if we don't start dealing with climate change.